Wales captain Gareth Bale revealed that all his attention and focus is on their play-off semifinal against Austria. They are aiming to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958 but Bale is hoping their experience at the European Championships can help them. He believes that his teammates should look no further than their game in Cardiff. They will take on the winners of Scotland vs Ukraine, a fixture that will be played in June following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“We really aren’t concerned with anything else other than tomorrow night’s game – the sole focus is on that. That’s what’s required, not to go wandering off with our minds and thinking about the future. We know it’s going to be a difficult game tomorrow and one we’re looking forward to,” Wales captain Gareth Bale said. “I’m solely focused on this game, this qualification. There’s still a lot to play for and I’m not thinking about anything else at the moment. This requires all my attention and all my focus, all my preparation over the last few months. I’m not thinking about anything else but the game and after that, we’ll go from there.”
“I’m a fan, even though I’m playing. I want to see Wales at a World Cup, whether I’m playing or not. It’s a massively important game, but we also have the experience to lean on important games and this is another one of them. Hopefully, we can all perform and get a result.” he added. “Experience is going to help,” Bale added. “Having that big-game experience, handling the nerves, handling the pressure is always a good thing that you can go back into the memory banks and lean on a bit.”